Jeremy Corbyn Overwhelmingly Loses Labour No-confidence Vote in Brexit's Wake

Corbyn refuses to resign, saying that motion has 'no constitutional legitimacy.'

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn wipes his eye at the launch of 'Labour In for Britain', London, U.K., May 10, 2016.
Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP

REUTERS - Lawmakers from Britain's opposition Labour Party have backed a motion of no confidence in their leader Jeremy Corbyn, the party said on Tuesday.

The motion was tabled in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and backed by many who felt he had not campaigned hard enough to keep the country inside the EU, and would not be able to win a future election.

The result, which was expected after days of heavy criticism from within his party, has no formal consequence and does not automatically trigger a leadership election.

Corbyn said he would not resign after Members of Parliament (MPs) in his party overwhelmingly passed a motion of no confidence in his leadership.

"I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 percent of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning," he said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. "Today's vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy," he added. 

40 Labour MPs voted in favor of Corbyn, compared to 172 who voted against him.